Monday, July 18, 2011

Seargant Cribb

Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes. David Suchet as Hercule Poirot. Patrick Macnee as John Steed. Some actors are so defined by the roles they play (mainly because they play them to perfection) that it’s as hard to think of them playing anything else as it is to think of anybody else playing those parts. To this list, you can now add Alan Dobie for his fantastic performance as Detective Sergeant Cribb, an absolute bloodhound of a police officer with a brilliant mind and a desert-dry sense of humor. The adventures Cribb goes though in this seven-disc set are all well written, and each has a fantastic sense of style that captures the era they’re set in, an era when walking marathons were mass entertainment and the telephone a relatively new invention. But it’s Dobie’s presence  at the center that makes each story come alive.

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